Our Top 5 Must-Haves for Travelling Naturally
Going away shouldn’t mean we leave our healthy habits at home. In fact, we should be coming back from a vacation feeling even better than when we left! However, travelling can be unpredictable. Between jet lag, food- or waterborne parasites and airplane food, it’s important to always have natural, healthy travel essentials so that you can avoid the stress of travelling and use your time to relax. Here are five things that always come along with us for the ride:
The last thing you want to do is spend your vacation with a stomach ache because you’ve caught a bug. Aside from the these parasites, digestive issues can often arise when travelling due to exposures to new food, water and environments. We recommend always keeping a high-potency probiotic on hand, which will keep your immune system strong while ensuring that your digestive tract is being supported with good bacteria. Make sure you bring a shelf-stable probiotic that doesn’t need refrigeration so that you can keep it on hand.
2. SLEEP AID
If you’re heading to a different time zone, sleep can be a major concern as your sleep cycle is disturbed and jet lag sets in. There are plenty of natural herbs that can relax your body, relieve anxiety and help you sleep so that you can enjoy your time away without affecting your internal clock. Look for natural remedies like melatonin, valerian root, GABA, chamomile or lemon balm to make it easier to fall and stay asleep.
Let’s face it, airplane food is far from natural, and the last thing you want is to start a trip with questionable food. We like packing tasty, nutrition packed snacks while we travel that are easy to slip into our carry on bags. Whether you have a long flight ahead of you, or a day-long tour, your body will be thanking you for thinking ahead by packing healthy snacks. We recommend foods that are full of nutrition, fiber, healthy fats and protein to keep your energy levels high, curb your appetite and maintain your blood sugar levels. Think snacks like trail mix, protein bars and crunchy chickpeas.
4. VITAMIN C
Between the potential stress, change of environment and encountering new germs, travelling can be hard on our immune system. Taking regular doses of vitamin C is an easy way to keep your antioxidant intake up and your immune system strong. Luckily, there are plenty of options to travel with vitamin C, from individual sachets that you can keep in your bag or pocket, to supplements and chewables.
5. ESSENTIAL OILS
We love having essential oils on us at all times for many reasons. Most essential oil bottles are also small enough so that you can have them in your carry on bag! Lavender is a great oil to have with you while travelling to keep you calm and help you rest, peppermint is helpful if you suffer from headaches or migraines, tea tree oil is an amazing anti-bacterial and oil of oregano is very effective for combating a cold or stomach bug (just to name a few)!